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The Latest "Brief" from the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

2014 - what a year it has been!  In brief:


In December we were awarded $1,350,000 in funding through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application.  This brings our total committed funds to 64% of the total needed to rehabilitate the building.  This announcement followed close on the heels of a $100,000 award from the TD Charitable Foundation. …


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on January 20, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Perspectives on Gentrification

I want to share these two thought-provoking articles on such an important topic.  As they both point out, we can all choose a role to play, for better or for worse. 

The Ins and The Outs by Vinnie Rotondaro and Maura Ewing, Narratively

Along one of New…

Added by Elizabeth Celaya on November 11, 2013 at 4:35pm — 1 Comment

Orange Baked Acorn Squash

If that sounds good to you then I've got your attention and can remind you of the Middle Main Walking Club setting off tomorrow at 12:15 from the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center at 317 Main St. It looks like cool, partly cloud, dry fall weather tomorrow- perfect conditions for a mid-day invigorating walk that will leave you feeling great and full of energy for the rest of the day!

I encourage you to take part if you can for several…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on October 9, 2013 at 9:18am — No Comments

"Staging:" Food Adventures in Middle Main

When I read this article in the luxury-market magazine Departures, I couldn't help but think about how easily you could swap Houston for Middle Main.  There are lots of parallels here - a city seen as less than a destination, neighborhoods filled with diverse cultures, and of course, an authentic ethnic food scene.  The world-renowned chefs profiled in this article talk about drawing inspiration from the hole-in-the-wall joints in Houston's back-alley neighborhoods, and learning new…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on July 9, 2013 at 4:12pm — No Comments

First Community Dinner May 18th

Added by Elizabeth Celaya on May 8, 2013 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

Eat Walk Talk Middle Main and Take a Little Off Your Middle!

The Middle Main Walking Club is a hit so far!  People from as far away as NYC have taken part in our first walks (thanks Desiree!), and we've got a great contingent of people hitting the streets each Tuesday and Thursday. Scenic Hudson, Senator Gipson's office, Dutchess County Planning, and several other groups have been represented, along with City residents and local…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on May 2, 2013 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Celebrate Arbor Day in Middle Main!

On Friday, April 26, 2013, the City of Poughkeepsie will celebrate Arbor Day. As part of the ceremony, Poughkeepsie will be honored by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for 34 consecutive years. This designation keeps Poughkeepsie at the top of the list of so named cities in New…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on April 23, 2013 at 8:19am — No Comments

Let's Be Neighbors...April 27th is NeighborDay

GOOD (aka the social network for social good) is sponsoring a new initiative this weekend: NeighborDay. 

According to GOOD, "It’s crazy how few of us know our neighbors: their names, their phone numbers, what they’re about. The explosion of online "social" networking has only made it easier to avoid face-to-face contact in the real world. What might we be missing? Collaborators, friends, emergency contacts, sugar? What does this mean for society? As Harvey Milk said,…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on April 22, 2013 at 10:08am — No Comments

Hudson Chocolates Opens in Poughkeepsie

Some of us have been longing for some delicious, handcrafted chocolate inspired by Mexican traditions, and it turns out, we have it right here in Poughkeepsie! Hudson Chocolates has taken up residence in the Cottage Street Enterprise District, and it sounds like they are creating some amazing confections.  And did we mention that Chef Francisco Migoya was named one of the Best Pastry Chefs of 2013 by the Huffington Post?  Um, yeah. This one is a can't miss. They have just launched open…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on March 22, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Volunteers Knocking on Doors to Survey Residents

Beginning March 30th, staff and volunteers working with Hudson River Housing’s Middle Main Revitalization initiative will be out and about in Middle Main knocking on doors to collect responses to a community survey. The survey is measuring residents’ opinions of the Middle Main neighborhood.

We want to work with residents to help Middle Main become a great, vibrant neighborhood. These surveys will help us design programs and activities that support neighborhood…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on March 5, 2013 at 11:04am — No Comments

White Cherry Rose Redevelopment Project gaining momentum

Our White Cherry Rose Redevelopment plan is gaining support from a wide variety of sectors - municipal officials, local colleges, neighborhood businesses, and more. This spring and summer we'll be out on the streets in force promoting the effort, interviewing residents, undertaking property assessments, and conducting surveys of residents' experience in the neighborhood.  We'll…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on January 31, 2013 at 4:35pm — 3 Comments

Year End Update and a Request for Your Support

As we count down the final days of 2012, I want to give you an update on our work and call on your support for the Middle Main Initiative.  It has been a busy year, with a lot of activity taking place as we begin turning the foundation of knowledge we have built over the past years into action.  

Just last night, we…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on December 13, 2012 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Day of the Dead traditions come to life on Main Street!

For those of you interested in learning a little more about the Day of the Dead, and particularly how it is celebrated in Oaxaca, Mexico, where so many of our Middle Main residents hail from, I have posted below an excerpt from “Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca, Mexico” by Maria Diaz, published 1 Nov 2002 …


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on November 1, 2012 at 8:35am — No Comments

2nd Day of the Dead event is coming to the Mid Hudson Heritage Center!

We're working on the 2nd Day of Dead event at the Mid Hudson Heritage Center, to celebrate the rich cultural and artistic traditions of the Mexican community in Middle Main.  We invite you to participate!  We are holding a working group session on Wednesday, October 10th at 12 noon focused on pulling the pieces of this gathering together.  The altar…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on October 3, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Welcome Mainstay!

Middle Main is excited to welcome Mainstay to Main Street!  Mainstay is Poughkeepsie's first co-working space.  Located in a fully renovated building at 356 Main Street, this AMAZING space has everything.  It is available for individuals, small groups, small events, and meetings by the day, week or month.  The meeting space is also available by the…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on September 17, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Creating a Community Marketing Plan

We've been busy over the past few weeks prepping for and hosting our community branding consultants from North Star, who are with us until Friday.  (Cutting my hand with a kitchen knife and getting eight stitches, which makes typing close to impossible, doesn't help, so please excuse any typos!)  We've been touring all around Poughkeepsie, and of course, Middle Main, and talking to as many people as possible to give our consultants a full picture of Middle Main.  If…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on August 30, 2012 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Share your ideas with the Middle Main Working Group

The Middle Main Working Group, a group of volunteers that joined forces to plan Middle Main in Motion on July 21st, continues to meet every other Wednesday.  At yesterday's meeting we brainstormed ways to increase resident involvement, as well as what activities the group would like to tackle next.  Some of the ideas that were presented include:

  • a winter community event
  • a cross…

Added by Elizabeth Celaya on August 9, 2012 at 9:15am — No Comments

Pictures are up from Middle Main in Motion!

It took a little while, but I have gotten most of the pictures from Saturday uploaded.  Feel free to add your own!  They are also on our Facebook page.  I hope you agree with me that it was a great afternoon!  Thank you again to everyone who helped plan, volunteered, participated in, or attended. 

Added by Elizabeth Celaya on July 25, 2012 at 9:09am — No Comments

City of Poughkeepsie releases draft 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan

The City has released a working draft of the 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan, outlining priorities for th eCommunity Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. These programs are critical housing and community development tools, and also address the broad range of social services available in Dutchess County. 

A series of public meetings is…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on July 19, 2012 at 8:39am — No Comments

Take a chance and see what's going on in Poughkeepsie these days

After days of relentless heat and humidity, Saturday is looking like it's going to be a real winner.  A perfect day to take a chance and see what's going on in Poughkeepsie these days!  I for one am getting very excited for what's shaping up to be a great mix of events for Middle Main in Motion - this Saturday from 2-5pm on North Cherry Street.  Organized by a varied group of volunteers working together over the past three months, this event aims to give attendees a…


Added by Elizabeth Celaya on July 18, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

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